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Early Letters

at the origins of a new spirituality

Chiara Lubich

Trent 1943-1949. Years of war and postwar construction. In the silence of this historic city in Northern Italy began the "great adventure" of Chiara Lubich, marked by an astonishing outpouring of the Spirit, as well as a faithful response.

This book offers a collection of vibrant texts from the early letters of Chiara Lubich with her passionate desire: "to love God and make Him loved".

In these letters, the God that Chiara invites us to believe in is Love. The conversion she asks of us is a conversion to Love. Often using the language and style of the saints and mystics of other ages (like Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Francis of Assisi), Chiara communicates her burning desire that "Love be loved," that "all the world be set ablaze by the fire of Love." Her words are full of fervor, but also simplicity and practical common sense.

When the Word Becomes Life

Chiara Lubich

This book offers readers a glimpse into the soul of Chiara Lubich, who gave life to a worldwide Movement of men, women, and children from all walks of life who are joined together in living the Gospel. Chiara's language is spiritual, at times mystical, but always practical. These short reflections lead the reader into the very heart of the Good News, to the discovery of that Light which is ever ancient, ever new – the Light and beauty that Chiara discovered shining beneath every word of the Gospel: Jesus, the Word, the Light for every person who comes into the world.

In My Neighbor, God

Chiara Lubich

The wisdom of this collection is remarkable. It is mystical and practical at the same time. Lubich says, "We can't go to God alone, but we must go to him with our brothers and sisters, since he is the Father of us all." Bill Hartnett's foreword sets up the book beautifully, noting that each aspect of the spirituality of unity insists upon the presence of our neighbor. The neighbor is never an obstacle between the twosome of me and God but a sacred "archway" through whom I come into God's presence, and through whom God comes to me. Indeed, the neighbor is a necessity if we are to have mutual love, the profound love that is receptive to the grace of unity.

The pages also have a constant presence of Mary as a perfect model of neighborly charity. "Love is only mindful of the beloved – like Mary." And, "We can't imagine Mary staring at herself. Mary looks to Jesus." Each phrase from Lubich offers a new color for the palette you use to love your neighbor, and you'll find that the book sends you forth with a heart ready to love as Jesus loved.

A Season of Rebirth

Daily Meditations for Lent

Marc Foley

The reflections contained here invite us to ponder our lives and to open our listening hearts to the voice of God, so that our Lent can truly be a Lent in its deepest sense a spring that buds forth new life. Drawing upon classic and current literature, Marc Foley accompanies us in this Scriptural-personal Lenten journey. He does it in a way that invites us to both explore the human condition and embrace the grace the Lord again offers us in order to transform who we are and how we are living. What more than this can you ask of a Lenten guide?

Chiara Luce

Chiara Luce Badano

From Big Bang to Big Mystery

Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution

Brendan Purcell

Everyone knows about the 'mystery' of the Big Bang – what started it? This book is about the other 'creation mystery' – where did human beings, in particular, come from? It traces the material part of our origins from the Big Bang through evolution, including the almost 7 million year hominid sequence up to the first humans in Africa over 150,000 years ago. That data doesn't seem to explain what paleontologists and archaeologists call 'the Big Bang of Human Consciousness.' In his fascinating, accessible and thorough study, renowned priest and academic Brendan Purcell shows the complementarity that scientists, theologians, and philosophers bring to a deeper understanding of the mystery of human existence and human consciousness.

Journey to the Light

Spirituality as we Mature

Ann Finch (ed.)

Contributing authors: Thomas Moore, C.S. Lewis, Mother Teresa, Thomas Merton, Francis of Assisi, Martin L. King, Chiara Lubich, and many others. It is indeed a very inspiring companion. The Cord The selections are carefully chosen, and this anthology succeeds in highlighting the deeper meaning of our journey through life Pastoral Life.

Muslims Ask, Christians Answer

Christian W. Troll, S.J.

Muslims and Christians in many parts of the world meet ever more frequently. In each of the 12 succinct chapters, Christian Troll deals with one of the questions Muslims ask Christians most frequently about Christian faith and practice. He explains the wider background for the question according to Muslim religious thought. Then, from the perspective of Christian faith and theology and of dialogue with Muslims, the Christian positions are clarified, and sensitive, honest proposals are made for responding to the questions. In this way the volume offers both Christians and Muslims a precious help for orientation and a solid basis for interreligious encounter and dialogue.

The Gospel for Children

John J. Piantedosi; Illustrations by Ben Cioffi

Written in a charming rhyming style and featuring brightly-colored illustrations, The Gospel for Children introduces preschool and middle-school-aged children to Jesus through the major events in his life. "The Gospel for Children is exceptional in its quality, its theology, its presentation, its ability to touch children's hearts as well as their imaginations. I heartily recommend this beautiful written and illustrated life of Jesus as a story that can be used as bedtime reading as well as a book to teach children more formally about Jesus. Fr. Joseph Girzone, Author of the best-selling Joshua series

"Big truth is best communicated in small and simple ways — which then — is not small or simple at all! This lovely book is a lovely example of such big truth." Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, NM

The Art of Loving

Chiara Lubich

In disarmingly simple down-to-earth language Chiara Lubich draws her readers into the very heart of evangelical love and gently challenges them to start living it. She never tired of repeating the ideas that shine through each of the texts collected in this volume. Even as she lay dying, she urged those around her to spread the gospel message of unity and peace to everyone.

The few simple phrases that compose her Art of Loving, drawn from the gospels, disclose the secret of human fulfillment found in divine love: "Love everyone," "Be the first to love," "Love your neighbor as yourself," "Love each other as I have loved you," "Make yourself one."

The Golden Rule, the universal message of Christianity and the essence of every great religion, is written into the spiritual DNA of every person, even those who seem far from God. In today's ever-changing society The Art of Loving can serve as a daily handbook for anyone who wishes to heed what Chiara Lubich understood to be the primary vocation of every human person and the source of personal and collective fulfillment: the call of Love.

In the Ray of God's Love

Chiara Lubich

Each of us has a ray that burst forth from the Father's heart when he spoke our name with the word Love. If we follow this ray, which is his will for us, what he lovingly desired, and continues in each moment to desire for us, we will become what we are in the mind of God from all eternity. It's a matter of corresponding to his will, adhering to it, moment by moment, until the day when it will literally lead us back to the sun, to the Father…. Chiara notes how the rays draw nearer and nearer to each other until they become one in the sun. As we do the will of God, we will become closer and closer to each other, until we are all one in the sun, in God. (From the introduction)

God Loves You Immensely

Chiara Lubich

Each of us has a ray that burst forth from the Father's heart when he spoke our name with the word Love. If we follow this ray, which is his will for us, what he lovingly desired, and continues in each moment to desire for us, we will become what we are in the mind of God from all eternity. It's a matter of corresponding to his will, adhering to it, moment by moment, until the day when it will literally lead us back to the sun, to the Father…. Chiara notes how the rays draw nearer and nearer to each other until they become one in the sun. As we do the will of God, we will become closer and closer to each other, until we are all one in the sun, in God. (From the introduction)

Advent, Christmas, Epiphany

Stories and Reflections on the Sunday Readings

Megan McKenna

The lectionary readings for the entire Christmas season come alive through the stories and reflections of popular author Megan McKenna. Her words show us how we can center our lives on bringing justice and peace into the world while we wait for Jesus, the Son of God, to come among us. This volume includes the four Sunday readings in Advent Cycles A, B and C, as well as the feasts of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the three Christmas Masses, the Holy Family, and Epiphany.

Created for Greater Things

Spiritual Writings by Mother Teresa

With a Commentary by Gloria Hutchinson

Created for Great Things presents Mother Teresa's spiritual way through an appealing collection of her own writings, with commentary by Gloria Hutchinson. To all who knew her, personally or through the media, Mother Teresa of Calcutta embodied Jesus promise, Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me (Mt 25:40). The works of mercy were her daily bread. This woman, who her contemporaries recognized as a saint, understood the purpose of human life: to be Christ for others, to see Christ in others particularly those who, as she said, have no one to call their own. It is a goal worthy of a lifetime. Can we follow her life? Created for Great Thingsshows that we can. Her way is accessible and can transform our lives. She shows us how to live our lives with faith, love, understanding and responsibility. Like Mother Teresa we too can bring the presence of God in the world.

From Glory to Glory

Spirit and Sacrament in the Writings of Paul and John

Rea McDonnell

From Glory to Glory encourages scriptural/communal prayer as a path not only to personal holiness but to helping the community achieve its mission of reaching out to others. It offers abundant practical advice about starting a prayer group based on biblical readings and provocative discussion questions. Texts are selected from the Gospel of John and the Letters of Paul.

"Woven like a fine tapestry of historical context, theological reflection and practical advice for guided prayer and reflection, From Glory to Glory is a wonderful resource for anyone seeking to deepen their friendship with God. Sr. Rea is a teacher for our time, revealing the ways in which Paul and John connect us to the Spirit, keeping us in loving union with Christ, which is exactly what makes us Church today. This book makes Paul and John our friends along the spiritual journey." Mary McGinnity Executive Director, gnatian Volunteer Corps

Living in the Gap

Religious Life and the Call to Communion

Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R.

We yearn for communion with one another because of God's yearning for communion with us. Fr. Billy reminds us that communion, according to John Paul II's Novo Millennio Ineunte, lies at the very heart of the Christian message.

Contemplating the other. Living in unity. Accepting each other as "gift." Sharing each other's burdens. Although such right relationship is meant to be practiced by everyone, the "spirituality of communion" has special significance for religious, since they are called to be "experts" in its daily practice.

The Cube of Love

The Right Way to Start Your Day

The Cube of Love

An Educational Program to Promote Peace and Unity

Instructional Guide